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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2010 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr B Billah


This unit is taken concurrently with MPH1040. Together they are prerequisites for clinical epidemiology elective units. Contents includes: classification of medica data; data summary; statistical distributions (e.g.Bernoulli, binomial, normal t and chisquare distributions), sampling distribution for sample statistic (e.g. sample mean and sample proportion), standard error, difference between standard deviation and standard error; comparing two or more treatments/methods or two or more groups of patients using confidence interval and hypothesis test; evaluating association between exposure and outcome; relative risk and odds ratio; corelation and regression analyses (linear and logistic regression); sample size calculation for study design.

Students are required to have access to a calculator equipped with elementary scientific functions (eg Casio FX-100) and a statistical package for data analysis e.g. SPSS.


On the completion of this unit, students will have developed the ability to:

  1. Describe, summarise, and graph data appropriately;
  2. Analyse elementary data using a statistical computer package;
  3. Identify different probability distributions and their parameters;
  4. Quantify uncertainty in research results using biostatistical methods;
  5. Apply the appropriate statistical methods to basic research questions;
  6. Perform simple statistical analyses, report their findings and interpret their results;
  7. Critically appraise the statistical aspects of research publications in health care.


Written assignments (90%)
Online participation (10%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr B Billah

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week for on-campus students.

Off-campus attendance requirements

2 day on-campus block for off-campus students.



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